What a gig Manchester was and it was packed to the rafters. There were even people stood on chairs at the back to get a look in. It was a complete contrast to Liverpool where not many ventured out.
After a night in Southport, I got to Manchester for about 4pm and was treated to my own mini gig from the band as they sound checked. This gave me an opportunity to get the camera out and shoot some casual shots. After, we split into two, with us going for food, whilst the others went for their trademark tipple, Buckfast tonic wine, which is surprisingly really nice, strong and full of caffeine.
Then came the gig! Canshaker Pi went first. Tonight’s performance was a vast improvement from last night. Probably due to the atmosphere and better sounds from the Jimmy’s rig. Whilst they were playing, I managed to shoot some more casual shots of the band and went backstage to the green room. Now when we think green room, we think big open fresh room with pool table and a vast rider for the bands. Not at Jimmy’s! It’s the smallest space in the world and I tore my coat trying to squeeze in.
For those of you that don’t know, there is a band called The Blinders. They are originally from Doncaster but have relocated to Manchester. They have just released, what I think is the album of the year, called ‘Colombia’ and they are tipped in the industry for bigger things. Having just got hold of a copy of the album, image my delight when I see one of the members talking to AP backstage? Turns out they all came out to support AP and a lot of other industry bods. I do like that, when bands come and support other bands. So took a few shots then got myself to the front, ready for the gig.
Now this was one of the best gigs I’ve seen of theirs and the crowd were buzzing. By the end people were on other people’shoulders, dancing away. The band kicked out there best performance and Jordon (the lead singer) was on form. He interacted with the crowd by joining them and was only restricted by how far into the crowd he went by the length of his mic cable. The crowd were going absolutely bonkers and so were the band. Bang bang bang, tune after tune, melodic, catchy, and grimy. They have their own style, which is hard to pigeonhole in one genre.
Then comes their new tune. Jordan jumps on the bar and the crowd love it. He sings with so much passion and charisma and didn’t disappoint. AP are not just a band, they are also an act and best seen live. Then they dedicate a song to their good friend Dale who sadly died of cancer only last month. This wasn’t a slow, sad song though, but uplifting and bursting with energy.
But it gets better and at the end of their set, Jared (guitar and sax) gets out his saxophone and invites someone on stage. It’s only Thomas from The Blinders, yay. Jared gives him his guitar and they produce another great performance, with Thomas impressing everyone with his singing and guitar skills.
To say I was with the crowd in their excitement and energy would be an understatement. I think I was sweating as much as the band.
All in all this was a memorable night and one that I will always remember, but let’s see what London brings tonight.
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